The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. The SSA provides a range of services to the public, including applications for Social Security cards, retirement, disability, widows and dependent benefits, benefit entitlement issues, benefit fraud investigations, and the processing of benefit entitlement changes (i.e., address, death, direct deposit, etc.).
You can use the SSA’s online services to apply for benefits, check the status of your claim or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in many areas), get an instant benefit verification letter, and much more.
If you need to visit an office in person, you can use the SSA’s field office locator to find the nearest office to you. The locator also provides information on how to apply for Medicare benefits, check application status, manage your account, change your address, set up or change direct deposit, print proof of benefits, find help and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and request a replacement Social Security card.
Social Security Office Programs
The US Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a variety of programs and services to the public, including:
Retirement benefits: The SSA provides retirement benefits to workers who have paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years. Retirement benefits can be claimed at age 62, but full benefits are not available until age 67.
Disability benefits: The SSA provides disability benefits to workers who are unable to work due to a disability that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
Survivors benefits: The SSA provides survivors benefits to the dependents of deceased workers. Survivors benefits can include benefits for spouses, children, and parents.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): The SSA provides SSI to low-income individuals and couples who are blind, disabled, or age 65 or older.
In addition to these benefits, the SSA also offers a number of other services, such as:
Replacing Social Security cards: The SSA can replace Social Security cards that are lost, stolen, or damaged.
Requesting a proof of earnings statement: The SSA can provide a proof of earnings statement, which shows your lifetime earnings covered by Social Security.
Estimating your future benefits: The SSA can estimate your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.
Managing your benefits: The SSA can help you manage your Social Security benefits, such as changing your address, updating your direct deposit information, and reporting changes in your income.
Accessing the Social Security Office
You can access most SSA services online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. To find a Social Security office near you, visit the SSA website: https://www.ssa.gov/locator/.
Please note that the SSA is currently experiencing high call volumes and long wait times. If you are able to access SSA services online, you may be able to get help more quickly.
This non-government website provides information on your local social security office services and location. This site was created to help US Citizens find their local social security office and provide general Social Security information that is also accessible on the SSA Website.